If your towels have a lingering unpleasant odor, there are several steps you can take to refresh and clean them. Here's a guide on how to wash towels that smell:
Baking Soda Soak:
Fill a bathtub or a large basin with warm water.
Add 1 cup of baking soda and stir to dissolve.
Submerge the towels and let them soak for 1-2 hours.
Baking soda helps neutralise odors.
In a separate container, mix equal parts water and white vinegar.
Soak the towels in this solution for 30 minutes to an hour.
Vinegar helps eliminate bacteria and odors.
Hot Water Wash:
After the pre-treatment, transfer the towels to the washing machine.
Wash them in hot water with your regular detergent.
Hot water helps kill bacteria and remove odors.
Add Vinegar to the Wash:
During the rinse cycle, add 1 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser.
This helps further eliminate any remaining odors.
Baking Soda Booster:
For an extra boost, add 1/2 cup of baking soda directly to the drum.
If possible, line dry your towels in the sun. Sunlight has natural antibacterial properties and can help eliminate odors.
If using a dryer, make sure the towels are completely dry to prevent mildew.
Use the highest heat setting suitable for your towels.
Avoid Fabric Softeners:
Skip using fabric softeners, as they can leave a residue on towels and reduce their absorbency.
Wash Towels Promptly:
Avoid leaving wet towels in a pile for an extended period. Wash them promptly to prevent mildew.
Ensure your bathroom is well-ventilated to reduce moisture and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Use Less Detergent:
Overusing detergent can leave a residue on towels. Use the recommended amount or slightly less.
By following these steps, you can eliminate unpleasant odors and keep your towels fresh. It's also a good practice to wash towels regularly, especially after heavy use, to maintain their cleanliness and absorbency.